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You all remember my last benchmark don't you?

This time i want to find out how much power do the new Ivy Bridge Pentium processors have as there are no reviews in the internet yet it seems. I was very pleased with the results of Sandy Bridge Pentium processors reviewed here - seeing how a CPU like G850 soundly outperformed the competition like Phenom II X2, Athlon II X3, Core 2 Duo Conroe, Core 2 Duo Wolfdale, Nehalem Pentium and even Nehalem Core i3 to some extent got me quite shocked. In this review i was even more surprised at how the "low life" Celeron dual core soundly vamped the Athlon II X2 to pieces. After that Sandy Bridge Celeron review a started calling my relatives and friends who still had Pentium 4 and Pentium D computers and did not have enough knowledge in computing to ever do an upgrade in life. I almost shouted at them like "you really need to upgrade your piece of trash Pentium 4 PC with at least a new dual core Celeron"! And i did the collecting and constructing job for them after. The price of that dual core Celeron was just a steal, people were selling slower processors in bulletins for higher prices.

Now, what i really missed in those reviews were comparisons with the most powerful Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors, even though the targeting price and market were different. Obliviously the Sandy Bridge Pentium G850 at 2.9 GHz did outperform the E7500 at 2.9 GHz, but i was not so sure about E8400, and especially about any Core 2 Quad Yorkfield CPU. This next review will be just about that!

However, as time passed i found that the Ivy Bridge Pentium processors have arrived and instead of G850, i will be benchmarking the newer G2020, released this month.

So this is Pentium G2020 VS Core 2 Duo E8400 VS Core 2 Quad Q9650 - how about that?

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/51/pentiumg20202.jpg/

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The thin heatsink is the same thin as was in the Sandy Bridge Pentium/Celeron box...

Test setup

Pentium G2020/Core 2 Duo E8400/Core 2 Quad Q9650
GA-B75-D3V/Intel DX38BT
HyperX 4X2 Gb DDR3 1333 MHz CL7
GeForce GTX570 Super Overclocked 1280 Mb Windforce
Windows 7 Pro X64

CPU-Z 1.62 was showing incorrect info on the G2020, so instead i will just post the operating system main window. The 6.8 score is actually that of G2020...

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/829/g2020.jpg/

Since this is not a model vs model benchmark, but architecture vs architecture (Ivy Bridge VS Core), the Pentium G2020 is overclocked from it's base 2900 MHz to 3000 MHz in order to equal the speed of Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors. Let's get on with the benchmarks!

SYNTHETIC SCORE BENCHMARKS

CINEBENCH 11.5

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PASSMARK 7

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REAL TIME BENCHMARKS


VIRTUAL DUB CUSTOM RAW VIDEO TO XVID COMPRESSION

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VIRTUAL DUB CUSTOM RAW VIDEO TO FFDSHOW COMPRESSION

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VIRTUAL DUB CUSTOM RAW VIDEO TO X264 COMPRESSION

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WINZIP CUSTOM FILE COMPRESSION

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WINZIP CUSTOM FILE EXTRACTION

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IRFAN VIEW CUSTOM JPEG PHOTO ARCHIVE TO GIF CONVERTION

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GAMING BENCHMARKS

ALAN WAKE 1.02.16.4261 (all settings max, 1920X1080, 2X AA) {Fraps 15 seconds benchmark}

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/189/alanwakem.jpg/

Looks like Alan Wake does not favor multi core processors, thus the G2020 is soundly 16 % ahead of E8400 and Q9650.

AVATAR 1.02 (all settings max, 1920X1080, NO AA) {Fraps 15 seconds benchmark}

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G2020 is 9 % ahead of E8400, but both are demolished by Q9650.

CRYOSTASIS 1.02 (all settings max, 1920X1080, NO AA) {Fraps 15 seconds benchmark}

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/138/cryostasis.jpg/

Unaffected by 4 cores Cryostasis sets the G2020 slightly above the competition.

CRYSIS 1.2 (all settings max, 1920X1080, NO AA) {in-game CPU benchmark 1}

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Many times it has been said that Crysis does not favor multi core CPU. BS. Probably it has been said so because Crysis was tested with significantly slower video cards that my GTX570 back in the Core 2 Quad days. Now clearly both dual core processors bottleneck the GTX570 under these settings and only with the Q9650 the game is playable at all. Still though, the G2020 leads over E8400 by a 20 %. Nice.

Formula 1 2011 1.0 (all settings max, 1920X1080, NO AA) {in-game Monte Carlo benchmark}

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G2020 is 18 % faster than E8400, but both dual core processors are just manhandled by Q9650. The quad core has more than twice performance level of the E8400 - what a big bottleneck for a GTX570 a dual core CPU in this game is...

HARD RESET 1.5 (all settings max, 1920X1080, NO AA) {in-game benchmark}

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/37/hardreset.jpg/

G2020 is slightly ahead of E8400, but the gap to Q9650 is just colossal. Q9650 manages to pull some 250 % gain over dual core processors in minimal FPS - and that is the key factor in any game. Hard Reset is a heavily multi core optimized game.

HAWX 1.01 (all settings max, 1920X1080, NO AA) {in-game benchmark}

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/18/hawxy.jpg/

G2020 is 12 % ahead of E8400, but 37 % behind Q9650. It should be a no surprise that HAWX is a heavily multi core optimized game.

SERIOUS SAM 3 1.0 (CPU ULTRA, VGA ULTRA, VRAM MEDIUM, 1920X1080, NO AA) {Fraps 15 seconds benchmark}

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/202/serioussam3.jpg/

G2020 is 8 % ahead of E8400 and Q9650. Serious Sam does not utilize multi cores when unpatched - can not tell you more than than, sorry.

STALKER CALL OF PRIPYAT 1.6.0.2 (all settings max, 1920X1080, NO AA, default SSAO) {official 4-step benchmark)

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/37/stalkervk.jpg/

G2020 is 9 % ahead of E8400 and 5 % ahead of Q9650.

WORLD IN CONFLICT 1.9 (all settings max, 1920X1080, NO AA) {in-game benchmark}

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/197/worldinconflict.jpg/

G2020 is 25 % ahead of E8400, yet as we know, World In Conflict is one of those multi core flourished games, so it is a no surprise that Q9650 is the champ here, beating E8400 by 200 % and keeping that minimal FPS just over 30.

Overall the Pentium Ivy Bridge 3 GHz CPU soundly bested the Core 2 Duo E8400 in absolutely every benchmark, so this is a clear answer to all who are wondering about upgrading their old Core 2 systems, but having a very limited budged - the Ivy Bridge Pentium is your CPU right now! Not a gaming CPU though - too weak for 1920X1080 resolution and a GTX570. Probably a good gaming CPU for HD7750 or GTX650 under 1280X960 resolution..
Some people are selling used Core 2 Duo, Phenom II X2 and Nehalem Core i3 processors more expensive than you can get a new G2020, which is just absurd as even the Sandy Bridge G850 outperformed all them in the Pentium Sandy Bridge review. I wanted to make this benchmark so that i had some proof to stick them people in the eye and tell just how much can they get for their old dual core trash.
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What do you think about Pentium Ivy Bridge? Anyone still using a Core 2 Duo or a Phenom II X2?
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Enough is enough and it's time for a change!!!
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I think your review actually shows that it's only worthwhile to go to latest i3 or better if you have a Core 2 E8400 or equivalent. Keep in mind most E8400s in enthusiast hands will be running at 3.6-4GHz. Honestly I would have expected to see the G2020 pull ahead more than it did, Intel is quite good at structuring the Celeron/Pentium cache structure so as not to threaten i3, i5 sales I suppose. Great post though despite conclusion.
 

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Well done OP, and thanks for this brilliant write up, i am somewhat shocked, and somewhat in love with what a ivy dual core can actually do.

Taking into consideration that the Haswell G3220 is a mere 40 pounds here in the UK. it would make an awesome budget PC.
 

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Haswell pentiums actually perform equal or in some cases better than Sandy Bridge i3 which is quite amazing considering the prices.Pentium G3220+750Ti would make an amazingly power efficient and powerful little gaming pc even at 1080p.However I am,curious how would it compare to fm2+ athlon quad,cores.
 
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